a walk in search of bluebells

I went on this walk last week, but have been so busy since then (including a long Easter weekend away, visiting friends) that I haven’t had the time to write the post until now.

I wanted to check on the progress of the bluebells, and was surprised to see so many already out.  When I looked closely I could see that most of them were not out fully, so another walk in the next few days is on the cards.

First I passed the weeping willow, then I went over the canal and into the woods.

April weeping willow

canal and lock

If you can find an audio clip somewhere online of an English woodland in April and play it while you look at my photos, you’ll get a really good idea of the soundtrack to my walk.  It was really quite loud at times!

bluebell woods 1

bluebell woods 2

bluebell woods 4

bluebell woods 3

The parts of the woods which weren’t carpeted in bluebells, had a lot of ferns just starting to grow.

unfurling fern

weekly photo challenge: monument, part two

I could have added this photo on to the end of the other monument post, but I thought she might get lost in it and I spent so long making her that really she deserves her very own moment of fame!  This is my Statue of Liberty, made a few years ago as a contribution to an Art degree final project (not mine, I hasten to add!) using a completely white Playmobil figure.  We were invited to be as creative as we liked.  Unfortunately I don’t have a brilliant photo of my effort, and you can’t quite see that she is holding the  Declaration of Independence in her left hand, but you get the general idea…

Statue of Liberty playperson

 

Statue of Liberty 3

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weekly photo challenge: monument

Searching through my digital files, I came across these photos of one of the world’s most famous monuments, taken on a short trip to New York in the late spring of 2006.  We passed her our way to Ellis Island, a place we were keen to visit as members of Mr Decisive’s family had possibly been through it many years ago on their way from Ireland, to start a new life in America.

Statue of Liberty 1

Statue of Liberty 2

It’s not until you look at it close up, and see how small the people are on the balcony just below the statue, that you realise just how large this monument is.

Statue of Liberty 3

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six word saturday – food

I HAVE EATEN FAR TOO MUCH!

Having visitors is always a good excuse for meals out, coffees and indulgent cakes, and there was certainly a lot of that going on last week!  I think a week of small meals and salads is what I need now.

Happy Saturday!

time for coffee and cake

 

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The correct way to eat a biscuit

Is there a right way up to eat a biscuit?  Can a biscuit be upside down?  We were having this discussion the other day, and apparently there are some people who think that there are right and wrong ways to eat them.

Some people feel that the correct way to eat a chocolate digestive is chocolate side down.

chocolate digestives

I would always eat it with the chocolate on the top – what would you do?

Another biscuit under discussion was the jaffa cake.  (Yes, I know, it’s got ‘cake’ in its name so how can it be a biscuit?  Well, it is always sold on the shelves beside biscuits in the shops, rather than with the cakes, so for the purposes of this post I am counting it as a biscuit.)  So, the question is – should a jaffa cake be eaten with the chocolate side on top?  Then there are the other questions – should you nibble round the edges, leaving the orange jelly section in the middle for last?  Should you eat the orange jelly section first, leaving the sponge for last?  I used to eat the jelly part first and then the sponge, but now I just eat it as it comes – I’m not sure which way is correct!

jaffa-cakes-2

Finally the Tunnock’s Tea Cake -

tunnock's tea cake

I think the only way is to eat it by biting some of the chocolate off the top (or the side) then eating the soft mallowy centre, scooping it out with your tongue, before finishing the chocolate then ending with the biscuit on the bottom.  Some people would just take bites of biscuit, mallow centre and chocolate together in each mouthful.  However, is there a correct way to do it ?

How do you eat biscuits?  I realise this post might only make sense to British readers, but maybe these delightful confections are available elsewhere, possibly under different names.

 

Afternoon tea stretches into the evening

Yesterday we went for afternoon tea at The Grove (London’s Country Estate, as it calls itself).  Our table was booked for 4pm and we left at 8pm, just as the light was fading.

After choosing from the extensive tea menu our sandwiches and cakes arrived on two cake stands (there were three of us, but three cake stands wouldn’t have fitted on the table along with our cups, individual tea pots, milk jugs, hot water pots etc.)

cake stand

The delicious sandwiches were refilled many times until we were ready for the scones, which arrived warm and nestled in a linen napkin inside a sort of metal basket.

scones

We were recommended a different tea to have with the scones – Vanilla Rooibos – which went with them very well.  After eating as many scones as we could manage (they were smallish, which doesn’t make it sound quite so bad!) with strawberry jam and clotted cream, it was time for the cakes, and another pot of tea each.  By now we had been there for over two hours, making sure we savoured every mouthful.  We ate the little cakes slowly and admired the skill and artistry that had gone into them.  Not being able to manage them all, the remaining ones were boxed up for us to take away to eat later.

Feeling completely full, we thought a stroll in the grounds would round things off nicely before going back to the car, and home.  The light was fading now (well, it was 7.30pm!) but it was still worth the walk round to admire the gardens and the views over the surrounding countryside.  The photos I took outside are not brilliant quality because, of course, the battery in my camera ran out after taking the indoor photos,  so I had to resort to my phone.

This is the view just outside the window beside our table.

This is the view just outside the window beside our table.

The view from the gardens.

The view from the gardens.

The series of long ponds.

The series of long ponds.

Rather bizarrely there is a sculpture of a skeleton emerging from the water in one of the ponds.

Rather bizarrely there is a sculpture of a skeleton emerging from the water in one of the ponds.

This Lebanese cedar was planted in 1777

The Lebanese cedar at the end of the long ponds was planted in 1777.

Another view of the old cedar tree.

Another view of the old cedar tree.

This glass shape hanging from the tree had been catching the light during the afternoon and reflecting different colours and patterns.

This glass shape hanging from the tree had been catching the light during the afternoon and reflecting different colours and patterns.

Even after walking off a little of the afternoon tea, I felt as though I might not need to eat anything else for a few days!

six word saturday – spring cleaning

I REALLY SHOULD BE DOING CHORES

There’s a bedroom to prepare for a visitor next week, a spare room to re-organise, a wardrobe to sort and maybe move some winter clothes out to make way for some spring ones,  a lot of dusting and vacuuming to do, grass to cut (before the rain comes on)….  but, I may not do any of them, I may just relax for a few hours with my book, or catch up with something on TV.

 

Happy Saturday!

spring cleaning

 

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